Proverbs 24:22
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New International Version
for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring?

New Living Translation
for disaster will hit them suddenly. Who knows what punishment will come from the LORD and the king?

English Standard Version
for disaster will arise suddenly from them, and who knows the ruin that will come from them both?

New American Standard Bible
For their calamity will rise suddenly, And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?

King James Bible
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for destruction from them will come suddenly; who knows what distress these two can bring?

International Standard Version
They will be destroyed suddenly, and who knows what kind of punishment will come from these two?

NET Bible
for suddenly their destruction will overtake them, and who knows the ruinous judgment both the LORD and the king can bring?

New Heart English Bible
for their calamity will rise suddenly; the destruction from them both--who knows?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Their shipwreck comes suddenly, and who knows the end of their years?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
because disaster will come to them suddenly. Who knows what misery both may bring?

JPS Tanakh 1917
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; And who knoweth the ruin from them both?

New American Standard 1977
For their calamity will rise suddenly,
            And who knows the ruin that comes from both of them?

Jubilee Bible 2000
for their calamity shall rise suddenly; and the ruin of them both, who shall know it?

King James 2000 Bible
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knows the ruin of them both?

American King James Version
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knows the ruin of them both?

American Standard Version
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; And the destruction from them both, who knoweth it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For their destruction shall rise suddenly: and who knoweth the ruin of both?

Darby Bible Translation
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

English Revised Version
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the destruction of them both?

Webster's Bible Translation
For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

World English Bible
for their calamity will rise suddenly; the destruction from them both--who knows?

Young's Literal Translation
For suddenly doth their calamity rise, And the ruin of them both -- who knoweth!
(22) The ruin of them both--i.e., the rebels against God and the king.

Verse 22. - For their calamity shall rise suddenly. Though these dissidents seem to succeed for a time, yet retribution shall fall suddenly upon them. And who knoweth the ruin of them both? This seems to mean the two classes, those who dishonour God and those who dishonour the king; but no such distinction is made in the previous verse; the rebels are classed under one category. Wordsworth renders, "the stroke of vengeance from them both," i.e. from God and the king. Otherwise, we must give another signification to שׁניהם, and, with the Syriac and many modern commentators, take it in the sense of "years," which שְׁנֵיהֶם will bear, as Job 36:11, and translate, "The destruction [equivalent to 'end'] of their years, who knoweth?" No one can tell when the crisis of their fate shall come; but it will arrive some day, and then the time of their prosperity will be at an end. Septuagint, "For they (God and the king) will suddenly punish the ungodly; and who shall know the vengeance of both (τὰς τιμωρίας ἀμφοτέρων)?" After this the LXX. inserts three proverbs not found now in the Hebrew, which, however, Ewald ('Jahrb. der Bibl. Wissensch.,' 11:17, etc.) considers to have been translated from a Hebrew original: "A son that keepeth the commandment shall be safe from destruction (Proverbs 29:27, Vulgate), and he hath fully received it (the word). Let no lie be spoken by the tongue of the king; and no he shall proceed from his tongue. The king's tongue is a sword, and not of flesh; and whosoever shall be delivered unto it shall be destroyed; for if his anger be inflamed, he consumes men with their nerves, and devours men's bones, and burns them up as a flame, so that they are not food for the young eagles." The allusion at the end is to animals killed by lightning. Here follows the series of proverbs (Proverbs 30:1-14) called in the Hebrew, "The words of Agur." The second part of "the words of Agur," and "the words of Lemuel" (Proverbs 30:15-31:9) follow in the Greek after Proverbs 24:34 of the Hebrew. Delitzsch explains the matter thus: In the copy from which the Alexandrines translated, the appendix (Proverbs 30-31:9) was divided into two parts, half of it standing after "the words of the wise" (Proverbs 22:17-24:22), and half after the supplement containing further sayings of wise men (Proverbs 24:23-34). For their calamity shall rise suddenly,.... And come upon those that fear not God, and rebel against the king and the state, and innovate in matters of religion; and especially that bring in damnable heresies, and, while they cry Peace, peace, and are pleasing themselves with their new schemes and prosperous success, swift and sudden destruction comes upon them, 2 Peter 2:1;

and who knoweth the ruin of them both? of those that fear not the Lord, nor the king; or of those who are given to change, and innovate in things civil and religious; and of those who meddle with them and join themselves to them: the ruin of themselves and families, in a civil sense, is great and inexpressible, who rebel against their prince, and endeavour to change and subvert the present government; and the ruin of the souls of men, both of the deceivers and the deceived, is beyond all conception and expression. 22. their calamity, etc.—either what God and the king inflict, or what changers and their company suffer; better the first.24:17,18. The pleasure we are apt to take in the troubles of an enemy is forbidden. 19,20. Envy not the wicked their prosperity; be sure there is no true happiness in it. 21,22. The godly in the land, will be quiet in the land. There may be cause to change for the better, but have nothing to do with them that are given change. 23-26. The wisdom God giveth, renders a man fit for his station. Every one who finds the benefit of the right answer, will be attached to him that gave it. 27. We must prefer necessaries before conveniences, and not go in debt.
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